You know, Jenna, that for every one who speaks up, there are dozens (if not hundreds in your case) of others who are thinking the same things, but feel like someone has already said it better or they are too shy of the spotlight of the internet to participate.
I'm glad you are heartened by what you've seen and what folk have done - you deserve it all and more. I think the outpouring you've seen is only the tip of the iceberg of support for Absolute Write and for you.
Will Absolute Write make it back the 'same as it was before'? I think that, regardless of the physical attributes of the forums when they are re-opened, the answer to that is NO. Things will be different because we've been through this together and it will have changed us. I don't know how, but I do predict a change for the better - a strength and a renewed committment to each other as colleages, supporters, friends.
Gee, poor Barbara Bauer. She thought she'd quiet the naysayers, the critics. Think she's figured out that she picked on the wrong people this time around?
If you want to help out and can't think of a good way to support the cause - try this: Buy The Street Smart Writer, Self-defense Against Sharks and Scams in the Writing World. Here's a link to paste in your blog, then AbsoluteWrite gets a little bit of cash from Amazon, and we can help save someone from the Barbara Bauer's of the world if we pass it on or donate it to our local library.
Absolute Write (Do click this tag - lots of great supportive posts here!)
Hey, I noticed something as I visited the Barbara Bauer technorati tag page to get the html...apparently some folk use a popular tag on their posts just to get people to visit their site. They're not posting about the tag topic. Heck they don't really seem to post much more than links and copy/pastes of yahoo articles, etc.
Sad really - I suppose those kinds of bloggers and Barbara Bauer deserve each other, so go ahead, use the tag.